LISMA Offers Mini-Grants to its members to support Library Programming and Trends. 
The possibilities are endless!  

Congratulations to the 2019 LISMA
Mini-Grant Winners!

Joe Nola - Sewanhaka HS  Teaching through Pictures: Picture Book collection for elements of writing

Ann Tracy  Central Blvd ES Bethpage -  Cubelets in the library

Andrea Swicord – Kramer Lane ES Bethpage  - The Art of Zentangle in the library

Claudia Lasurdo - Hicksville MS  Exploring Novels in Verse

Phyllis Ivers –  Bethpage – Ozobot STEM Centers

Congratulations to the 2018 LISMA
Mini-Grant Winners!

Jodi Thompson, Library Media Specialist Herricks Middle School, Herricks UFSD

LISMA mini grant was used for a Harry Potter Con.  

On June 5th the students at Herricks Middle School, part of the Herricks UFSD in Long Island, NY had to grab their broomsticks and wands for an incredible Harry Potter Con. The event was the brainchild of librarian Jodi Thompson, an aspiring wizard herself. She received a mini-grant from the Long Island School Media Association in 2018 that provided the funding to transform her school into Hogwarts for the day. The event occurred afterschool from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.  80 students were given the opportunity to express their love for Harry Potter by entering Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. These soon to be wizards received an official letter inviting them to the event and were encouraged to come dressed in HP attire.

Upon entering Hogsmeade, new wizards were immediately “sorted” using black light magic into their appropriate houses. Wizards from Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin attended different Harry Potter themed workshops on a rotating schedule. In “potions class”, wizards got to make their own slime. In the Owl Discovery program, Volunteers for Wildlife, a nonprofit wildlife hospital and education center, provided a live Owl demonstration and information about Owls native to Long Island. In Hogsmeade, the houses decorated Hedwig cupcakes, guessed the different flavors of Bertie Botts every favor beans and made the famous “butterbeer.” Lastly the houses had a Harry Potter arts and crafts section full of coloring, crossword puzzles, wand making, trivia, owl post station and a selfie dress up studio.

No Harry Potter Con would be complete without a costume contest (winner was Logan Reins) and the singing of a house song. It was indeed a magical event full of spellcasting, enchantments and conjuring. Professor Thompson along with her other volunteer wizarding professors are already planning an improved HP Con for 2019. Be on the lookout for your Owl Post.


On Kyung Joo, Library Media Specialist Forest Road School,Valley Stream District 30,

LISMA mini grant was used to purchase three Lakeshore Fairy Tale Problem Solving STEM kits, three storytelling puppet kits with corresponding books, mood and emotion mirrors and story wands that help with reading comprehension.  Pictures and more information can be found HERE

Ann Tracy, librarian at Central Boulevard School in Bethpage

LISMA mini grant was used to purchase several STEM kits to enhance her library's maker space. Students created marble runs using the Q-BA Maze, and used logic skills to hit targets with Thinkfun's Laser Maze.


2016 Mini-Grant Recipients

Jeanmarie Johnson, Library Media Specialist, Oceanside Middle School, Oceanside School District

Awarded for the creation of a makerspace, providing a learning environment for students to come together to explore, create, and learn. 

Michelle Phillips, Library Media Specialist, John F. Kennedy Middle School, Bethpage Union Free School District

Awarded for the promotion of STEAM skills through board games that complement the current makerspace, harnessing the natural enthusiasm of learners.

2015 Mini-Grant Recipients

W.C. Mepham High School, Shari Stack Library Media Specialist

Lawrence High School, Agi Rosen Library Media Specialist